Nothing’s more exciting than when stories about aliens and “moon travel” finally hit the mainstream news. While “full disclosure” may still be far off, Audi fans will at least have something to be thrilled about come May 18th.
The news? Audi’s Lunar Quattro Rover has landed a role in Ridley Scott’s much awaited sci-fi film. For more than a year now, images of Audi’s 3-D printed moon rover are in fact seen throughout the Internet. So yes, the same Audi Lunar Quattro Rover will be hitting the big screen in the upcoming “Alien: Covenant”!
The new movie is actually the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, a film in which Scott is also the director. This year’s cast now includes Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup and Katherine Waterson. Interestingly, Alien Covenant is also the prequel to the Alien movie series' first episode. Currently on its 8th instalment, the Alien fantasy thriller came out with its first story in 1979.
In the latest film, the Lunar machine will be roving around outer space in search of (well, obviously) aliens. More so, the sci-fi movie is playing on realism by opting for Audi’s Lunar patroller. The roving prop we believe is already being prepped-up to get to the moon in the very near future (or so they say). If we heard it right, the Lunar Quattro will be deployed to the moon later within the year.
Audi's Lunar Quattro Rover was developed in collaboration with Robert Bohme who’s also the founder and CEO of Part-Time-Scientists (a startup company based in Berlin). The concept was originally designed in 2015 as an entry for Google’s Lunar competition. Using a 3D metal printer, Audi together with Bohme's team was able to create the futuristic moon rover that also takes pictures.
All the same, Audi’s extensive knowledge in engineering and its vast experience in lightweight construction and all-wheel-drive have contributed a lot to its development. Weighing only 66lbs (or approximately 30kg), the moon patroller’s design has been optimized extensively using 85% aluminum materials. During the process, Audi has also suggested the use of solar energy which explains why the Lunar Quattro ended up with a revolving solar panel on top.
Audi’s VP for International Marketing, Giovanni Perosio recently stated how the Alien movie series will be representing the brand’s “intelligent technologies in a visionary environment”. It would be interesting to note that aside from featuring Audi’s Quattro drive technology, the moon patroller has been equipped with an e-tron motor and lithium ion battery with solar technology for backup power.
That said, you won't come across Alien Covenant's Lunar Quattro Rover at any Audi dealerships and showrooms. If things line up the way they’ve been planned, this will be Audi’s first moon mission and the 2nd roving machine to ever touch the moon in forty years. China's YuTu rover got there in 2013 while the Soviet Union has also sent a series of lunar rovers between 1969 to 1977. In spite of all these, the exact details of Audi's secret expedition are yet to be confirmed.